hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,479 miles

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe fuel system problems

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2005 Hyundai Santa Fe Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 022013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 82,000 miles


We bought this vehicle in June 2013. We had it almost a month when the steering locked up on me. The power steering pressure line blew out. We took it to the dealer that we bought it from and they fixed the line. Three days later the steering went again we got it to the dealership and they were going to charge us $300. I got upset but the most they would do for me was split the cost.then a few months later I started to smell gas. I didn't see any thing on the ground so I left it go. Then in November 2013 the air bag light came on and also the seat belt light would come on and go off and the bell would ding as if the seat belt wasn't buckled but it was.I just had it tested by a Hyundai dealer and the mechanic said that there was a defective sensor in the seat belt assembly that causes the airbag light to come on and the seat belt light and bell to go off. The mechanic also said that there is a leak somewhere in the gas tank. The whole repair will cost me about $2000 to have repaired and I don't have that kind of money. If the sensor is not replaced he said the air bag will probably not deploy in a frontal collision. There should be a recall on the sensor at least because that shouldn't be subject to wear and tear.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #4

Nov 132013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 119,131 miles
Started engine. Placed the automatic transmission selection into reverse. The engine immediately had an unintended acceleration to perhaps 2500 RPM. Operator immediately applied very heavy pressure on the brake pedal to stop any rear direction movement. Operator immediately moved the shift lever back to the park position, shut off the ignition and restarted the vehicle. After restarting, everything was back to normal. This had also occurred one other time in September, 2013 under the same circumstances. Operator initially assumed that perhaps his foot had moved to the right and was depressing both the accelerator and the brake at the same time, but when attempting to see if this could be done, operator could not replicate. It is assumed the throttle sensor locator may be faulty. Very disturbing when this happens and could easily result in property or personal damage..

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #3

Nov 062013

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,264 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Hyundai Santa Fe. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, he smelled gasoline. The contact discovered that fuel was leaking from under the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, who replaced the fuel tank due to excessive corrosion. The contact informed the manufacturer of the problem. The failure mileage was 76,264. Updated 12/20/13

- Clayville, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 072011

Santa Fe 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Sudden unintended acceleration. While driving my vehicle, the car "lurches" forward and the engine "reves" up. I've had it to the mechanic numerous times and they can not seem to find a reason for this to be happening. It is a very scary situation. I have 2 small children and have become fearful when driving my car. This happens on the highway as well as regular street roads. I've seen many forums on line with the same complaints from other Hyundai owners. I really hope that someone looks into these complaints.

- Oakland Park, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 232006

Santa Fe

  • miles
On a frequent basis I can smell gasoline fumes in the vehicle interior while driving. When I asked the dealership about the fumes they acted like it was normal, and did not investigate the problem. If the fire wall around the vehicle is intact how can fumes get into the vehicle interior? they did suggest it may be caused by an air lock in the system.

- Winnipeg, 00, USA

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